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Week 5 Buy-Lows

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As we head into the weekend of Week 5 of the 2016 fantasy football season, try pulling off a last minute trade for one of these undervalued players.

DeAndre Hopkins (WR/HOU)

After scoring one TD in each of his first two games this year, Hopkins has had a bad couple weeks in Weeks 3 and 4. However, it’s not like he has struggled all year long. Still, many are trying to sell him off quick, and I say take advantage. You may not get him for low-end WR type value, but I’ve seen some pretty bad trades happen already in forum topics… try buying a good half a tier below top 5WR value… he is easily a top 5WR moving forward if you ask me.

Amari Cooper (WR/OAK)

He will be on this list every week until he explodes. He is a WR1, people, yet some are honestly asking if they should bench him this week. This is a sign that there is never a better time to buy low, even in dynasty, but especially in redraft!

Wendell Smallwood (RB/PHI)/Jordan Howard (RB/CHI)/DeAndre Washington (RB/OAK)

All three of these guys could be hidden gems on the rise. Every year a RB comes almost out of nowhere, at least in a general sense of the term, and one of these RBs might be just that, if not two of the three. Washington is likely going to start Week 5, as Latavius Murray is expected to sit this one out. Smallwood could lose some carries to Ryan Mathews should he play Week 5, and Mathews is now expected to play, however, Smallwood could be the future in PHI, and he might get used a lot in this one. There is risk Mathews gets almost all the carries, so be careful starting Smallwood this week (he is safer as a stash/project in waiting). Jordan Howard is the player we like most, for now at least, as he has no one really competing for carries, as Langford is hurt. Howard looks good too, and he could be a monster steal from here on out. Congrats if you grabbed him back when we said to. If you can buy low on any of these guys, maybe in a multi-player deal, I say go for it. Sometimes multi-player deals dilute some players rising in value, as not many owners will just up and trade you one for one on a guy like Howard who is on the rise. You have to get creative with your offers and trade thinking.

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Week 5 Waiver Wire Recommendations

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Below is our Week 5 Waiver Wire Recommendations. Note: make sure players like Carson Wentz, Dak Prescott and Jordan Howard aren’t still available in your league. They shouldn’t be, as they have been on our list for a least a week or two in some of those cases. Howard by far would be the top pick-up this week if he was in fact available, as he has RB2 value in fantasy already! Congrats to those who grabbed him last week, as he was atop our list!

Wendell Smallwood PHI RB – How is this guy still available in so many leagues? He is, I just checked. Maybe because he had a bye last week? Grab him!!! I’d even say aside from Jordan Howard, who I talk about above, Smallwood is the top player on my list almost no matter what (Howard then Smallwood, in that order).

Kenneth Dixon BAL RB – Here is a must-stash, folks!!!! Don’t be wishing you grabbed him just like some of you might have waited on Jordan Howard. These types of players tend to rise to the top due to talent and injury in front of them.

Devontae Booker DEN RB – Here is a must-stash, folks!!!! Don’t be wishing you grabbed him just like some of you might have waited on Jordan Howard. These types of players tend to rise to the top due to talent and injury in front of them.

Tyler Eifert CIN TE – Coming back from injury and always has top 5TE upside when healthy.

Dion Lewis NE RB – Secret weapon stash if you can afford the spot.

Terrance West BAL RB He had a 100 yards in Week 4 and the Ravens are playing the hot hand for now, so he needs to be grabbed. But, we like Dixon for later, read above!

Orleans Darkwa NYG RB – Started Monday night, worth a grab.

Dontrelle Inman SD WR – Nice grab if you need a deep WR on your bench!

Eddie Royal CHI WR – He could be solid WR3/4-type moving forward.

The Rest

DeAndre Washington OAK RB

Robert Woods BUF WR

Kenny Stills MIA WR

Jeremy Kerley SF WR

Bilal Powell NYJ RB

Week 5 Waiver Wire Adds

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Charcandrick West / Knile Davis RB KC

With Jamaal Charles going down in Week 5 with a torn ACL, we might see a fantasy RB2 emerge out of Charcandrick West or Knile Davis. Now, everyone here probably knows I’m a huge Knile Davis believer, and if he eventually gets starter touches, I firmly believe he will be a top 5-10 fantasy RB per start. The thing is, Kansas City doesn’t appear to be set to give him the job. Why KC isn’t immediately turning to him is beyond me, but don’t write Davis off just because West is getting the first look. Both should be grabbed, don’t get me wrong, but I sure hope Davis gets his shot, because he will thrive in Charles’ place.

Gary Barnidge TE CLE

Ok, so odds are he isn’t available in your league, but be sure to check waivers just in case. His last three games are insane: 6-105/1TD, 6-75/1TD and 8-139/1TD.

Antonio Gates TE SD

He probably isn’t available in most leagues, but check your waiver wire to be sure. Gates is well rested and back in action, and he scored right away in Week 5. He can easily be a top 4-7 fantasy TE moving forward.

Willie Snead WR NO

Drew Brees loves Willie Snead, and it’s time to assume that this kid is a strong, not just good, fantasy WR3 moving forward (with upside for more). His last for games receptions wise are 4, 5, 6 and 6, and that last one was 6 receptions for 141 yards. Grab him if he is somehow still available in your league.

Duke Johnson RB CLE

He could see more and more work as we go, make sure you grab him if available!

Thomas Rawls RB SEA

We will know more on Marshawn Lynch’s Week 6 availablity as the week moves along, but after his 169 yards on 23 carries (and a touchdown), Rawls is a must-own if available.

More Players To Add

  • TY Montgomery WR GB
  • Josh Huff WR PHI

Week 5 Sunday Morning News Wire

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Below is our running Sunday morning live Week 5 Breaking News Wire. Check back all morning long, and good luck in Week 5!

NEWS: Marshawn Lynch is out for Week 5.

FANTASY: Thomas Rawls will start and Fred Jackson will share carries with Rawls.

NEWS: Redskins WR DeSean Jackson and TE Jordan Reed are both inactive for Week 5 against the Falcons.

FANTASY: Not good for the Redskins. Get both out of lineups!

NEWS: Ravens WR Steve Smith Sr. (back) is inactive for Week 5 against the Browns; Lorenzo Taliaferro (foot) is also inactive for Week 5.

FANTASY: That Ravens’ passing attack could struggle to be consistent without Sr.

NEWS: NFL Network is reporting that Julio Jones (hamstring) will be active for Week 5 against Washington.

FANTASY: Of course, setbacks happen, so check back with us all morning long, but we are hearing like “he looks great” today, so get ready for a big Week 5.

NEWS: Bills RB Karlos Williams (concussion) will not play Week 5, and word is that the runner could miss another game.

FANTASY: Boobie Dixon will start Week 5, and it looks like he could start another game as well. Cierre Wood could also get a shot, so watch him. Stay tuned.

NEWS: Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (hamstring, calf) is not expected to play in Week 5.

FANTASY: The hope is Week 6. Jeffery has been one of this year’s biggest busts, given that we are now sitting through a 5th unexpected sit. Still, once back and fully ready to rumble, he should start playing like a fantasy WR1. So, if you have held him this long, don’t sell-low. If you don’t own him, try trading for him on the cheap, as his owner is probably extremely frustrated.

NEWS: Steelers Martavis Bryant (knee) is out for Week 5 against the Chargers.

FANTASY: He suffered some sort of knee injury in practice this week, so it looks like his comeback game will be in Week 6. Get him out of lineups!

NEWS: ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that Julius Thomas (questionable, hand) will be active for Sunday’s Week 5 contest against the Bucs.

FANTASY: Be careful starting him this week, and monitor this news wire all day, as setbacks happen. Of course, he has talent and could play well if good to go, but it’s tough to say how much action he will see. He is a risky play this week, no question.

NEWS: Bills WR Sammy Watkins (questionable, calf) is unlikely to play in Week 5 against the Titans.

FANTASY: We still love Tyrod Taylor in this one, but get Watkins out of lineups this week. Of course, keep checking back with us in case something changes, but it seems like he is a no-go.

Week 5 Adds: 2015 fantasy football

Below are Waiver Wire Adds for Week 5 of the 2015 fantasy football season. Not that these two should be available in most all leagues, but check, as they would be the top pickups if available: Duke Johnson and Ronnie Hillman

Allen Hurns, WR Jaguars

His season so far looks like this: 5/60/0TDs, 4/68/0TDs, 2/70/1TD and 11/116/1TD… those are fantasy WR3 numbers, folks. And, he isn’t exactly an ‘out of nowhere’ player, he went off at the start of last year, and while he vanished at times last year, he clearly has skills. He is a sneaky good WR3 moving forward, with upside for more.

Rueben Randle, WR Giants

His last two weeks: 7/116/1TD and 3/31/1TD… he is a strong bet to continue his fantasy WR3-type play until Victor Cruz returns to a significant role. Even then, Randle might remain a solid fantasy WR3/4.

Coby Fleener, TE Colts

Coby Fleener pulled in 9-of-12 targets in Week 4, pulling in 83 yards and a touchdown. Dwayne Allen may or may not be sidelined for Week 5 (or longer), but no matter what, Matt Hasselbeck clearly trusts the tight end, and Fleener has a history of putting up a string of games with solid numbers.

Chris Thompson, RB Redskins

We still like Matt Jones talent-wise, but it’s time to monitor Chris Thompson, who has dropped these lines over the last two weeks: 29ru/8-57-1TD and 53ru/2-24-0TDs.

More: Tavon Austin, Anthony Dixon, Leonard Hankerson, Eddie Royal, Andre Williams, Antonio Andrews, Christine Michael

SUNDAY NEWS: Live Feed All Day Long (Week 5)

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News: 10/5 (11:44am) Bishop Sankey faces the Browns this week, a defense that has given up more fantasy points to running backs than almost any defense in fantasy.
Take: He is a risky play in many ways, given TEN could ruin this breakout contest for the rookie, but if given the touches, I think Sankey could breakout in this matchup.

News: 10/5 (11:18am) Brandin Cooks faces a Bucs defense, who according to FantasyLive is a defense that has given up the most fantasy points to wide receivers this year. The Bucs have given up 330 receiving yards and 10TD catches in the last three road games.
Take: Brandin Cooks, despite his recent struggles, is a fantastic start this week. Drew Brees and Jimmy Graham should go nuts in this one, but this is the week to play Cooks, who could be back to be a strong fantasy WR3 moving forward after this one. Cooks is a huge talent and capable of big fantasy numbers during any given week.

News: 10/5 (11:22am) FantasyLive on the Red Zone channel is reporting that Arian Foster will be more effective in Week 5.
Take: As we reported earlier this morning, both players sound like a full-go. Foster is looking like a safer play than originally thought. Johnson, how has gone 11 consecutive games without a touchdown, is said to look healthy in warm-ups, and despite his long stretch of struggles, he remains a must-start.

News: 10/5 (12:06pm) Mike Evans (groin) is inactive for Week 5.
Take: He could be out for a few weeks.

News: 10/5 (11:38am) Cecil Shorts and Marqise Lee are inactive for Week 5 against the Steelers.
Take: Allen Hurns is a must-start and capable of super high-end fantasy WR3-type numbers this week.

News: 10/5 (11:38am) Ben Tate is active for Week 5 against TEN.
Take: His workload is very unknown. Unless last-minute news breaks suggesting that his workload will be plentiful, he is a boom or bust play this week. When getting a full workload, he has high-end RB2-type upside… he does. Staying on the field and getting the workload he needs are big question marks, though.

News: 10/5 (11:35am) Aditi Kinkhabwala just tweeted this: “Brandon Marshall has been working w/ Jay Cutler for a good while here and I can tell you this: he doesn’t look limited in any way.”
Take: Great news. He is a must-play if on the field, and the guy is on the field!

News: 10/5 (11:35am) Tim Twentyman, a senior Detroit Lions write, tweeted this about Calvin Johnson: “He’ll be more than a decoy” replying to someone who asked if Calvin would be a decoy in Week 5.
Take: Again, he is still a risky play, but again, if he plays, you almost have to play him. In year’s past, even when projected to be a decoy, he has often scored big. Even with last week’s bad performance in a decoy role, Calvin can’t be benched of starting. Stay very close to both our news wire and our Smart Alerts on this one.

News: 10/5 (11:22am) Ian Rapoport, of, tweeted this: “Despite a lengthy injury report this week, the #Texans came out relatively unscathed. Both Andre Johnson & Arian Foster are slated to play.”
Take: Another report just suggested that AJ didn’t looked injured at all during warm-ups. Both are almost must plays unless you are stacked at either position. Of course, stay on top of both our news wire and our Smart Alerts prior to kickoff, as anything can happen during warm-ups.

News: 10/5 (11:01am) Ian Rapoport, of tweeted this: “Calvin Johnson told teammates he’s playing today on the gimpy ankle that robbed him of 2 days of practice. But will he be himself?”
Take: He is a risky play, no doubt, but if he hits the field, you almost have to play him. In year’s past, even when projected to be a decoy, he has produced, so even with last week’s bad outing in a decoy role, he is a guy you just can’t sit if he is a go. Stay very close to both our news wire and our Smart Alerts on this one.

News: 10/5 (11:01am) Eric Decker (hamstring) remains a game-time decision for Week 5.
Take: This could be one of those very last-second deals, so stay very close to both our news wire and our Smart Alerts.

News: 10/5 (5:01am) Rob Gronkowski (knee) is probable for Week 5 against CIN.
Take: This is great news, as the guy might finally be near full-go.

News: 10/5 (5:01am) Marshawn Lynch is probable for Week 5.
Take: He is a top 4-7RB this week, no question.

News: 10/5 (5:01am) Luke Willson is expected to be use a lot in Week 5 against WAS.
Take: He isn’t a bad play if you need a TE this week.

News: 10/5 (5:01am) A few sources are suggesting that Andre Johnson (ankle), who is currently questionable, should play in Week 5 against DAL.
Take: There is a chance he still has fantasy WR1-type production left in the tank, but we certainly wouldn’t count on it, especially while he is banged up. The point is, don’t sell-low, or give up, but curb expectations until he looks full-go. He is a decent buy-low for sure.

ARTICLE: Week 5 Fantasy Football Roundtable

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Hey, everyone. Our friends over at FantasyPros again invited us to participate in an Expert Roundtable, this time for Week 5. Below are the five questions asked to every expert on the panel, and below each question is my answer to each question. Enjoy, and good luck in Week 5, everyone!

Q1: Name one “sleeper start” for Week 5 and give us an example of a player or two you like this guy better than as a starter.

“Jeremy Hill (at NE): The Bengals are feeding Gio Bernard monster touches, and Gio was/remains one of our biggest breakouts on the year, but that Bengals offense has room for Hill. He could be a 40-60 yard rusher with a score every week (with upside for much more). He is a fantastic start, especially this Sunday night against a struggling New England team. The Bengals might be running a lot in the 4th.”
– Smitty (Fantasy Football Starters)

Q2: Who should fantasy owners be most concerned about as a potential bust this week?

“Alfred Morris (vs SEA): This is a tough matchup and Washington looks rattled. Even though the Seahawks are on the road, this is a Monday night contest, and I think Seattle shines early and often. This not only takes out the Redskins’ rushing game in the second half, it’s just a flat out horrible rushing matchup for Morris. Plus, Roy Helu is ultra-talented and he could steal touches in this one, especially on 3rd downs.”
– Smitty (Fantasy Football Starters)

Q3: Which surprise stud from last week is most likely to treat fantasy owners to another strong outing? Eli Manning (vs. ATL), Larry Donnell (vs. ATL), Justin Forsett (at IND), Travis Kelce (at SF), Terrance Williams (vs. HOU), Eddie Royal (vs. NYJ)

“Larry Donnell: Donnell feels like the real deal, and he should have success against Atlanta this week. That said, I still love Travis Kelce despite the tough SF matchup, and Justin Forsett has sneaky upside just as long as you’re not sitting a bigger name, as that Ravens’ rushing attack is very cloudy.”
– Smitty (Fantasy Football Starters)

Q4: If you’re in a bind and need a desperation flex (i.e FLEX ECR worse than 115), who would you roll the dice with as a high upside option?

“Andre Williams (RB, vs ATL): With an ECR of 125, I think Williams is very underrated this week against a Falcons rushing defense, which ranks in the bottom 5 in the league against the run.”
– Smitty (Fantasy Football Starters)

Q5: LeSean McCoy owners are undoubtedly concerned about his early production. Give us your prediction for Shady’s stat line (rushing yards, receptions, TDs) vs. the Rams.

“Buy-low on LeSean McCoy, as any risk of him not truly bouncing back will be built into that buy-low value. I see him posting a line like this in Week 5: 60-70 rushing, 3-4 receptions for 40-50 yards and 1 TD.”
– Smitty (Fantasy Football Starters)

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